Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Missionary at 18

Last week Travis received a large white envelope from the Office of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Inside was his call to serve as a missionary in the Chile ConcepciĆ³n South Mission. He will serve for 24 months and will report to the Mexico Missionary Training Center on August 13 where he will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language.
(Travis and Abby)
Recently the age that a young man can began missionary service was changed from 19 to 18 and Travis wanted to assume this responsibility before he began his schooling. He will graduate from high school at the end of May and has been accepted to study at Brigham Young University, but will defer until he finishes his mission.
Travis is excited to serve the Chilean people. Although he had two years of German in high school, he is already asking us to help him learn a bit of Spanish. For some reason, the first word I thought to teach him was "leche" (milk). Once track season and graduation are over, training will probably be a bit more intense.
Life for this guy will change a lot over the next few months. He will be one of over 83,000 full-time missionaries serving throughout the world for our Church. This mother-heart will miss him terribly, but I'm so glad he wants to serve and do his duty.

8 comments:

" Hit It......." said...

Congratulations Julie. You must be excited yet nervous. He will do fabulous and the next two years will be the best learning experience of his life. xoxo

Lisa said...

Oh my! Wow, August will come up really fast. Then, before you know it he will be coming home. :)

Rachel Reece said...

awww... great post.

leisa said...

Very Exciting!!!! That's where Dale served his mission :)

Treble Clef ♪ said...

Congrats to Travis! What a handsome guy. I'm sure he will be an excellent missionary because of the fine family he has been raised in.

Haunani Thunell said...

Oh, how exciting! We have several missionaries from our ward serving in South America and one who just left for Chile! Congratulations on his upcoming adventure. Can't wait to read updates. :)

Gayelynn Watson said...

Wonderful! Congratulations!

Gayelynn Watson said...

Wonderful! Congratulations!